Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett rejected the premise of questions from CNN anchor Jake Tapper regarding civilian deaths in Gaza due to Israeli airstrikes following terrorist attacks by Hamas.
There has been a temporary ceasefire, with Hamas releasing Israeli hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, but Israel faced pressure to end bombings in Gaza.
Bennett pressed that Hamas deliberately places civilians in harm’s way. (Trending: Chilling Surveillance Program Under Biden Exposed)
“The one thing I continue to hear from Israeli supporters in the U.S. government, whether it’s the Biden administration or Congress, whether it’s the Democrats or Republicans, I keep hearing that the IDF needs to be much more careful when it comes to Palestinian civilians in Gaza, that the IDF needs to use more precision munitions, that the IDF needs to take fewer risks” Tapper said.
“Even if the conservative estimates are right, with 15,000 killed, even if 5,000 of them are Hamas, that’s still a 2-1 ratio of civilians to Hamas. That’s a lot of civilians who have been killed.”
“Is Netanyahu going to continue to ignore President Biden on this issue of civilian casualties?” Tapper questioned.
“Well, Jake, we’re not magicians,” Bennett said.
“There is no magic way to dramatically reduce collateral damage when Hamas’ deliberate goal, intentional goal is to increase Gaza casualties in order for you to ask me that precise question.”
“You see, Hamas wants to stop the war in a cynical way by effectively killing its own people by placing them in harm’s way.”
“If there were some magical solution where we could tweezer people out and just hit the rocket launcher that’s shooting rockets at Israelis, we would do it.”
“We do try to reduce unnecessary civilian casualties, but the reality is that there is no magic… The current ratio is lower than what it was at the beginning and lower than international standards from World War II through Iraq and Afghanistan.”
“You will see that Israel has one of the lowest ratios.”
Tapper questioned whether civilian deaths would inspire new terrorists, to which Bennett responded that the situation depends on what happens next.
“Don’t you worry that that in itself is going raise and inspire a whole new generation of Palestinians who hate Israelis?” Tapper asked.
“It depends what we do next,” Bennett said.
“I want to remind you that Nazi Germany, in the final months of the war, there were many, many civilian casualties yet Germany was de-Nazified after the war and we had a new Germany.”
“Look, if anyone has a magic plan on how to eradicate Hamas without any collateral damage, bring it on and pull it out then. Barring that, we’re gonna have to get the job done and de-Nazify Gaza.”